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President Biden is again asking Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines following a mass shooting in Allen, Texas, on Saturday. The shooting, where eight people were killed and seven injured, is the latest in a series of mass shootings in the United States. Said Biden in a statement, “Yesterday, an assailant in tactical gear armed with an AR-15 style assault weapon gunned down innocent people in a shopping mall, and not for the first time. Such an attack is too shocking to be so familiar.” Biden asked that Congress work quickly to send him a bill that would require safe storage for guns and enhance universal background checks for those seeking to buy guns.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced Friday she will leave at the end of June, ending a short tenure marked by constant change in the face of an ever-evolving coronavirus pandemic. Walensky did not provide a specific reason for her departure but noted the ebbing of the COVID-19 pandemic as being a good time to make a transition. She sent a resignation letter to President Joe Biden and announced the decision at a CDC staff meeting Friday. Her last day will be June 30.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a $32.4 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes raises for more than 200,000 teachers, state and university employees, as well as cuts to college and public broadcasting funding. The budget for fiscal 2024, which begins July 1, was passed on the final day of the General Assembly session in late March.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a measure into law Friday to create a state commission with powers to investigate, sanction or oust local prosecutors, part of an intensifying campaign by state Republicans to punish district attorneys they see as soft on crime. The second-term governor was one of the chief advocates for the GOP-backed measure, which was approved mostly along party lines by supporters who cited embarrassing examples of “rogue prosecutors” they say neglected their duties. It was approved by Kemp despite objections from Democrats and prominent prosecutors who view it as a power grab by empowering a new panel to punish or remove district attorneys for broad reasons, such as “willful misconduct” or “persistent failure” to follow the law.

America’s top diplomat was in town on Saturday to deliver a keynote commencement address to Georgia Tech graduates. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged graduates to look to Jimmy Carter as an example of a public servant willing to take a different path repeatedly referenced the former president, who studied at Georgia Tech for a year. Blinken spoke admiringly of Carter’s decision as a young man to return to his tiny hometown, where he threw himself into local service and ran the family farm. 

A New York judge dismissed Donald Trump’s 2021 lawsuit against The New York Times on Wednesday and ordered the former president to pay attorneys’ fees for the paper and three of its journalists who are listed as defendants. In his ruling Wednesday, Justice Robert R. Reed of the state Supreme Court in New York County said Trump’s claims against the Times and three of its journalists for their Pulitzer-winning series on his undisclosed finances in 2018 “fail as a matter of constitutional law.” “Courts have long recognized that reporters are entitled to engage in legal and ordinary newsgathering activities without fear of tort liability — as these actions are at the very core of protected First Amendment activity,” Reed wrote.

Former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and three other members of the far-right extremist group were convicted Thursday of a plot to attack the U.S. Capitol in a desperate bid to keep Donald Trump in power after the Republican lost the 2020 presidential election. A jury in Washington, D.C., found Tarrio guilty of seditious conspiracy after hearing from dozens of witnesses over more than three months in one of the most serious cases brought in the stunning attack that unfolded on Jan. 6, 2021, as the world watched on live TV.

A Washington-based watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington, or CREW, has filed a complaint against former Georgia U.S. Senate candidate Herschel Walker, accusing him of directing campaign donations to one of his businesses. The group is asking the Federal Election Commission to investigate Walker and his company, HR Talent, and take action against what it called “direct and serious violations” of campaign finance laws based largely on emails obtained by The Daily Beast, which reported this week about Walker’s conversations with a Montana billionaire who wanted to support his unsuccessful campaign last year. The Daily Beast said emails show Walker asking Dennis Washington for a $600,000 donation, directing the bulk of it, $535,200, to HR Talent.

Eli Lilly’s shares climbed in early U.S. trading after its experimental drug for Alzheimer’s slowed the progress of the disease in a final-stage trial, paving the way for the company to apply for U.S. approval. The drug, donanemab, slowed the disease by 35% over a year and a half in a trial of 1,182 patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s, Lilly said Wednesday in a statement. The success means patients and their caregivers could soon have another therapy shown to slow the disease alongside Eisai’s Leqembi, which was approved in January. The study is also a vindication for Lilly, which has spent billions of dollars and decades of research time on Alzheimer’s drug development.

A federal jury in New York concluded Thursday that British singer Ed Sheeran didn’t steal key components of Marvin Gaye’s classic 1970s tune “Let’s Get It On” when he created his hit song “Thinking Out Loud.” As the jury answered the single question of whether Sheeran proved he didn’t infringe upon the copyright in the affirmative, the crooner briefly put his hands over his face in relief before standing and hugging his lawyer. The plaintiffs included the daughter of Ed Townsend, who co-created the 1973 song with Gaye.

Prosecutors in New York and California launched an investigation of the NFL’s workplace culture on Thursday, issuing subpoenas in search of documents related to an array of accusations that include racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

Radio jock Ryan Cameron will have his radio show heard on multiple radio stations at once for the first time in his career thanks to a new syndication deal. Cameron will remain at the Majic 107.5/97.5 headquarters in his hometown of Atlanta. Urban One’s Reach Media, which is overseeing syndication, has not said what other stations Cameron will be on just yet. Cameron has been an Atlanta radio legend for three-plus decades, including successful runs at V-103 and Hot. He joined Majic in 2018 as afternoon host after leaving V-103′s morning show.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers and health care providers to stop using and throw out certain lots of recalled SD Biosensor, Inc. Pilot COVID-19 At-Home Tests, distributed by Roche Diagnostics. The FDA has significant concerns of bacterial contamination in the Pilot COVID-19 At-Home Test liquid solution, provided in the test kit. Direct contact with the contaminated liquid solution may pose safety concerns and the bacterial contamination could impact the performance of the test. SD Biosensor, Inc. has initiated a recall for all impacted SD Biosensor Pilot COVID-19 At-Home Tests that were distributed by Roche Diagnostics to certain retailers in the United States. Approximately 500,000 tests were distributed to CVS Health, as well as about 16,000 tests to Amazon. The FDA is working with Roche Diagnostics to understand how many of those tests were sold to consumers.  

Family Dollar is recalling certain Advil products after some of its locations failed to store the drugs at proper temperatures, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The affected products were shipped to the discount chain’s outlets from around June 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023. Family Dollar kept the Advil bottles “outside of labeled temperature requirements,” the FDA said in a notice Thursday. Ibuprofen, commonly known by the brand name Advil, must be stored between 68 degrees and 77 degrees, the drugmaker’s website said. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can call Family Dollar Customer Service at 844-636-7687 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Weight-loss chain Jenny Craig is closing its doors for good after four decades of operations. “It is with a heavy heart, we’re announcing the closure of our business. The last 40 years would not have been possible without you,” the company said in an email to customers obtained by Scripps News. Uncertainty surrounding the future of the company arose last week following reports that its more than 1,000 employees had been notified about layoffs and the “winding down” of physical operations at its nearly 500 weight-loss centers in the U.S. and Canada.

BMW is warning owners of about 90,000 vehicles from 2000-2006 model years not to drive them due to a threat the air bags might explode in a crash. The warning covers vehicles previously recalled to replace air bag inflators made by Takata. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says drivers should contact BMW for more information.

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